A new cafeŽ is opening doors at the Parrish Lofts. The new cafeŽ is the Parrish CafeŽ with Christy Landis as the owner operator.

She's back. For those fans of good food and good cooking, the news that Christy Landis is opening a new cafe in downtown Pratt was something they have wanted to hear for a long time.

Landis' latest venture is the Parrish Cafe´ located on the ground floor of the Parrish Lofts in the southwest corner of the building at 120 West Fourth Street.

For now, her business hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with happy hour from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Parrish Cafe´will open for regular business Monday, June 19 with a grand opening on the horizon.

Entrance to the cafe´is on the south side of the Parrish Lofts building. Diners should know that the Parrish Lofts office is closed in the afternoons but the Parrish Cafe´ is open until 5 p.m. so take the few extra steps to the cafe´ front door. A Facebook page is coming soon. Business phone is 620-388-6430.

Landis has been very busy for the past few weeks getting the cafe´ ready to open. For the past month, she has been constructing walls, working on electrical and plumbing, moving in and installing equipment and gathering tables. Each table and chair grouping is unique with no two groupings alike. She wants to get a couple more settings for her dining area.

The tables and chairs, like the menu, are not what a diner might expect and that's just the way Landis likes it.

"I just wanted to do something different," Landis said.

She actually opened her doors on Thursday but she is a stickler for things being right so she just invited some friends to come over and tryout her newest food project.

Many in Pratt will remember that Landis operated the 54 Diner in Pratt for about five years.

Her menu will be a healthy one with food prepared fresh daily. Salads will be a speciality and she will build a salad to the customers specifications while they watch. There will be daily salad specials and a variety of sandwiches with a wide variety of toppings. Also on the menu will be sweets including shakes, cake, cobbler, strawberry shortcake, sundaes and ice cream by the scoop. Soup and potatoes along with several drink options will all be available. For breakfast, fresh yeast waffles and quiche´will help keep the customers happy.

Her focus is on healthy foods. She doesn't like vacuum packed products. While some of that is unavoidable, she wants people to know she will always strive to proved healthy foods for her customers. The new farmers market in Merchant Park that is next door to Parrish Lofts has been an inspiration for her to go as organic as she can because she doesn't care for preservatives.

Landis had been looking for a project on a small scale and when the space at the Parrish became available, she jumped at the chance.

"It was a perfect fit," Landis said.

For some, closing at 5 p.m. might seem unusual but Landis wants to leave that time open for catering and for parties at the cafe´. She also wants to provide a meals-to-go service for those with a busy life schedule. Just call ahead and Landis will prepare a meal, even one using the persons favorite recipes, and have it ready to pickup at the end of the work day at 5 p.m. She can have meals ready to warm up or have them hot and ready to go.

She also wants to cater diner parties and is willing to rent out the space for events.

Landis has been helping others prepare their meals so she decided to do it as part of her new business.

She thought about doing this two years ago but things just didn't workout at that time. But things have fallen into place and Landis knows why.

"God has our timing. It wasn't time two years ago," Landis said. " This is what was meant to be."

Landis has had a lot of support for this project. Brian Schrag at The Peoples Bank and friends Donna Queal and Meredith Queal who also works with Landis.

Landis is ready to take on this next chapter in her life and she has lots to work on but she is determined to be in this project for the long haul.

"I look at this as a long term project," Landis said.

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